Handout photograph released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) shows mammoth tusks in Tultepec, Mexico
Handout photograph released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) shows mammoth tusks in Tultepec, Mexico —AFP

Archaeologists said Wednesday they have made the largest-ever discovery of mammoth remains: a trove of 800 bones from at least 14 of the extinct giants found in central Mexico.

The bones of at least 14 mammoths were found in what is believed to be the first find of a mammoth trap set by humans.—AFP

Moreover, they believe they have made the first-ever find of a mammoth trap set by humans, who would have used it to capture the huge herbivores more than 14,000 years ago, said Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Mexican anthropologists say they found two human-built pits dug 15,000 years ago to trap mammoths.
Mexican anthropologists say they found two human-built pits dug 15,000 years ago to trap mammoths.—AFP

“This is the largest find of its kind ever made,” the institute said in a statement.

The skeletal remains were found in Tultepec, near the site where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government is building a new airport for Mexico City.

The pits, filled with bones from at least 14 mammoths, were found in the neighborhood of Tultepec, just north of Mexico City.
The pits, filled with bones from at least 14 mammoths, were found in the neighborhood of Tultepec, just north of Mexico City.—AFP

Some bore signs that the animals had been hunted, leading experts to conclude that they had found “the world’s first mammoth trap,” it said.

Remains of mammoths have been discovered in man-made traps in Mexico believed to have been built 15,000 years ago.
Remains of mammoths have been discovered in man-made traps in Mexico believed to have been built 15,000 years ago.—AFP

“Mammoths lived here for thousands of years. The herds grew, reproduced, died, were hunted… They lived alongside other species, including horses and camels,” archaeologist Luis Cordoba told journalists.

Mammoth skeletal remains were found at a site where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government is building a new airport
Mammoth skeletal remains were found at a site where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government is building a new airport. —AFP

Researchers said at least five mammoth herds lived in the area of the find.

Mexico has been the scene of surprising mammoth discoveries before.

In the 1970s, workers building the Mexico City subway found a mammoth skeleton while digging on the capital’s north side.—AFP

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